Howler Monkey Hotel

Getting to the Howler Monkey Hotel

image of Howler Monkey Hotel sign

The Howler Monkey Hotel is located in the town of Cabuya, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, 2 km from the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve and 6 km from Montezuma in Costa Rica. You can get there by a combination of air, bus or car. The following directions are a few of the options available:


Once in Costa Rica, you can take a domestic flight from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (Alajuela, a suburb of San José) or the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (Liberia) to the Tambor Domestic Airport on the Nicoya Peninsula. Tambor is 45 minutes from Cabuya and the Howler Monkey Hotel.

A one-way ticket will cost anywhere from $75 to $120 US (including taxes and fees) depending on the season. See Sansa Air or Nature Air to book a flight.

From the Tambor Airport you can take a taxi to Cabuya. This will cost approximately $50 US. Taxis are usually awaiting arrivals or you can rent a vehicle from the airport.


image of a bus from Transportes Cobano

A Transportes Cóbano bus ($15 US) leaves the new Terminal Central de San José 7-10 located at the corner of Avenida 7 and Calle 10, on the north side of downtown San José, diagonal to the former Líbano cinema twice daily (6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Reservations are not available, so arrive early to buy your tickets. You can buy your bus tickets on the 3rd floor of the bus terminal.

If you are at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, you can wait at the Puente de Villa Bonita (Villa Bonita Bridge). The bus will stop there 20 minutes or so after the departure time in San José, so you do not need to go downtown to catch it. Just be aware that this location is not an official bus stop and is located on a busy road and not pedestrian friendly.

The bus will head to Puntarenas, and then to the ferry. There, you will get off the bus and walk onto the ferry. You can leave your luggage inside, since the bus will drive onto the ferry. The ferry goes from Puntarenas to Paquera, and will then make a few stops to let people off on the way to Cóbano. From there it is a short drive to Montezuma (10-15 minutes).

If you arrive in Montezuma later than 4:15 p.m. you will need to take a taxi ($14 US) from the centre of Montezuma to Cabuya.

Transportes Cóbano Contact Information
Phone numbers: 506-2642-1112/1117 (Cóbano) or 506-2221-7479 (San José)
Address in San José: La terminal de buses de San Carlos, 500 mts Norted et la Iglesia de la Merced, Calle 12 Entre Avenida 7 y 9

Bus Schedule
San José 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Montezuma 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Santa Teresa 5:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Cóbano 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


The trip by car will take approximately 4 to 5 hours from either San José or Liberia. It is a good idea to rent a local GPS with your rental vehicle, and bring a good map of Costa Rica. And be aware the Nicoya Peninsula is notorious for its unpaved roads and potholes. A solid four-wheel-drive is quite useful.

Gas stations are few on the Nicoya Peninsula. On the southern peninsula where the Howler Monkey Hotel is located, there is one gas station in Paquera, two more in Cóbano and another one near Santa Teresa.

Directions from San José:

  1. Drive to Puntarenas (120 km) and take the ferry to Paquera (not to Naranjo).
  2. Get a plastic slip of paper for your vehicle from the ferry official. Go to the ferry ticket office and buy a ticket for your vehicle and driver. The driver is the only one allowed to drive the vehicle onto the ferry.
  3. If you are a passenger, walk to the ferry ticket office and buy a ticket for passengers. You have to walk on board.
  4. Once you get off the ferry in Paquera, follow the signs to Cóbano (34 km).
  5. Turn left at the main crossroads in Cóbano (the Banco Nacional Costa Rica will be on your left), and follow the signs to Montezuma (7 km). Continue on the road to Cabuya from Montezuma (6 km).
  6. In Cabuya, turn left at the Restaurant El Delfin de la Luna (Calle de Las Iguanas). Before you get to the water, turn right in the laneway. Drive past the 3 houses on the left to reach the Howler Monkey Hotel.

Directions from Liberia:

  1. Drive south towards Jicaral, then to Naranjo and Paquera.
  2. From Paquera, follow the directions above, as if you just landed from the ferry.
Ferry Schedule
Puntarenas to Paquera Paquera to Puntarenas
5:00 a.m. 5:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Important information about Costa Rica ferries

  • You cannot make reservations in advance.
  • You must buy your tickets at the ferry terminal ticket office.
  • You can only pay for the ferry in cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
  • It is recommended you arrive 2 hours before the departure time in high season.
  • The cost for a vehicle and driver is approximately $15 US. The cost for a passenger is approximately $1.50 US.

The Howler Monkey Hotel strives to make your stay as pleasant as possible. It would be our pleasure to be part of your Costa Rica family vacation. Send us an email at or call us at 506-2642-0303 to make a reservation.